Work on $20M Superior Ag mill nears endMay 18, 2018
By KATHLEEN MESSMER
Herald News Intern
DALE — Superior Ag held a ribbon-cutting this morning for its new state-of-the-art mill in Dale, a nearly year-and-a-half-long project.
With construction beginning in January of 2017, work on the new Dale feed mill — located at 21419 N. CR 400E, a 24-acre property once home to the 231 Truck Stop and the controversial Love Boutique — is expected to wrap up around June 1. According to Superior Ag Livestock Nutrition Division Manager Tim Bender, the $20 million project ran smoothly.
“The county (Spencer) has been very cooperative and has worked well with us throughout the duration of this project,” Bender said in a phone interview.
The project represents new job opportunity and economic growth for Southern Indiana and the entire cooperative footprint, according to a Superior Ag press release.
“The new feed mill will promote efficiency, reduce costs and provide local farms with enhanced livestock nutrition,” Barry Day, Superior Ag president and CEO, said in the release.
Bender described the mill as unique. Opposed to most modern mills that are specific to one type of livestock, this feed mill provides for multiple species.
A major feature of the mill is that it will ensure all animal nutrition federal health and safety regulations are met.
“We will be able to follow these regulations through precise quality control,” Bender said. “All measurements will be precise and controlled by a computer system.”
He also assured that Superior Ag will comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act, which requires the company to have a food safety plan that minimizes and prevents hazards.
With the ability to produce 3,000 tons of livestock nutrition weekly, along with bagged and bulk products of feed and supplements, the new mill will promote efficiency and allow the company to stay competitive. The new facility will also allow Superior Ag to grow the livestock nutrition business.
“We’ve had interest from all around, with many potential customers coming forward,” Bender said. The company has also hired five new employees, and could potentially hire more once they reevaluate after the mill is up and running at full capacity.
Superior Ag’s current feed mill locations at Jasper and St. Meinrad will consolidate to the Dale mill; locations like the main office along Main Street in Huntingburg will not be affected.
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